Week 1: DAY 2
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Life is Out of Control
Ponder: " Now that we are living in a sin-stained world, life this side of heaven will never be completely under control, and working harmoniously. Therefore, our desire to create and manage and administrate (God's likeness in us) is distorted. It results in our wanting to be "god" in our own little worlds." Cindi McMenamin 2010
The biblical account of the origins of being "out of control" and the beginnings of the degrading, nature of slavery plus the hold sin has on us, is found in Genesis 3. Prior to Genesis 3 there was absolute freedom of relationship with God, nothing was hidden and sin had not entered our hearts. Now the chaos of sin and slavery ruled, plus our relationship with God was significantly and vitally damaged.
Action: Recognize today that your desire to control and manage your life may be distorted (most likely is) and jot down those moments where you begin to realize, "Oh, I am using or acting out right now because I am feeling.... and I want to change the way I feel about....." Ask God to show you when you are trying to control your own life and also the excuses and justifications you might be using.
Prayer: Lord, I have no idea what it is to live in real true freedom with you, it is difficult to imagine walking in utter freedom and safety with you in the garden. I do not want to live in chaos anymore. Please show me true freedom even in this messy, sinful world outside and the rebellion of my own heart.
Challenge: Sit quietly for 5 minutes handing over the control of your life to God or asking to be made willing to do so. Continue memorizing Galatians 5:1 . Take out your Bible and read Genesis 3, asking God what He wants you to know.